Filipino World War II Veterans Can be Paroled into the U.S. and Wait for a Visa Number
Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2016 – Certain Filipino veterans of World War II, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to be paroled into the United States and wait for a visa number to become available in recognition of their military service to the United States.
Ordinarily, an immigrant visa applicant must have a visa number before being admitted to the United States and wait for such a number abroad. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and became effective June 8, 2016.
“Owing to the enormous burden occasioned by a long wait for family-based immigrant visa numbers for Filipinos, this special World War II Filipino Veterans Parole program appropriately permits qualifying and aging Filipino veterans or their surviving spouses the option to come to the U.S. and wait for a visa number in the U.S.,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “This is an appropriate benefit to Filipinos who assisted the U.S. during World War II.”
If approved, the family members will be paroled into the United States, meaning a person who would not otherwise be eligible to enter the country will now receive temporary admission. In announcing the FWVP program, León Rodriguez, director of USCIS, said that the agency recognized the extraordinary contributions and sacrifices of Filipino World War II veterans. He said that in many cases, paroling Filipino Veterans into the United States would allow U.S. family members to provide support and care to these elderly veterans or their surviving spouses, in their declining years.